Skidel is a town situated in Grodno district of Grodno region in Belarus on Skidlianka river in 30 km to the East from Grodno.
It is assumed that Skidel was founded in 1508. You can find Skidel in documents dated from the 16th century as a grand-ducal court in Grodno district in the Great Principality of Lithuania. For a long time the town was a possession of Radzivill princely kin. In 1795 the town formed a part of Russian Empire. From 1921 till 1939 it was part of Poland. Skidel got its status of a town in 1974.
As all the small towns, Skidel enjoys silence and tranquility that are rarely broken, and that is mainly by weddings. Besides that, Skidel has its own sights, historical and not that much historical.
Among Skidel attractions pay attention to the catholic church of the 19th century. On the opposite site of the church there once was the estate of Antonovich-Chetvertinskys. Now only the park and the gate in the form of two round towers are left of it. The towers are of different height and they have hipped tops and lancet apertures. It is the gate that you can see on the symbol of the town.
The population of the town is 10 thousand inhabitants. Here the Belarusian poet Mikhas Vasiliok (Mikhail Kostevich) was born. 10 km from Skidel you can find the village of Milkovshchina – the birthplace of the famous Polish writer Elisa Ozheshko. Skidel is also the ethnic motherland of the English lord Robert Skidelsky of Tilton, a famous economist, the counsellor of Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of Great Britain. One of his Belarusian ancestors, Lev Skidelsky, lived in Skidel two centuries ago. During the First World War their family got spread from Shanghai to London. Lord Robert decided to establish his line and visited his ethnic motherland not long ago.
The town celebrates its holiday — the Day of Skidel — at the beginning of September. In 2008 the town celebrated in style its 500th anniversary.
There are about 15 industrial enterprises in the town. Nevertheless, the real fame Skidel got from the Skidel Sugar Factory. It was built in 1951 and became the first Belarusian sugar producing enterprise.
Today Skidel is a small yet cosy town with well-developed infrastructure and hospitable people.